China to turn Chernobyl into a Solar Panel Park.
Chernobyl, the site of the worst Nuclear Disaster in world history, my soon become one of the biggest solar panel parks in world history. China is amongst 39 other companies that would like to build solar panels in the Ukraine.
This is a great idea to generate a ton of energy, but on the other hand, how do you protect the construction workers and maintenence personel that have to work in the area, from radiation?
Thirteen international investors are among the 39 groups seeking Ukraine permission to install about 2 gigawatts of solar panels inside the radioactive exclusion zone surrounding the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant, according to Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak. Two gigawatts is almost the capacity of two modern nuclear reactors, although atomic power unlike solar works day and night.
“We have received requests from businesses that are interested in renting land for building solar power stations,” Semerak said in a phone interview from Kiev. “We are not looking to profit from land use, we are looking to profit from investment.”
Three decades after the Chernobyl meltdown displaced over 300,000 people by scattering radiation across large swathes of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, authorities are still trying to figure out what to do with the piece of land twice the size of Los Angeles that surrounds the plant. Radiation that will linger in the soil for centuries means the area can’t be used for agriculture or forestry. Solar tapping into Chernobyl’s existing grid infrastructure emerged as a possibility in July.